Immersive Cybernetic Total Theatre
22 February 2013, 8pm
Old Royal Naval College, Queen Mary Undercroft, Greenwich
Running time 1 hour followed by Echostate DJs
Entrance is free, but booking is required at firstname.lastname@example.org
This project is realised in partnership with the United Nation Refugee Agency UNHCR and Aurasma (Augmented Reality Platform)
Following their successful appearance at the Tate Britain’s Late at Tate, with Apocalyptic Cybernetic Theatre Act OEDIPUS, Studio for Electronic Theatre has been working on a follow up, an immersive cybernetic theatre experience which explores the disjunctures between the virtual, a technically sophisticated cybernetic hyper-reality and the actual, a crude and brutal everyday reality and the restless and fearful human-being caught in a set of dilemmas and discrepancies which overshadow the dawn of the 21st century.
Oedipus – The Code Breaker is following SET’s doctrine of being always at the forefront of the technological innovation, whilst keeping in mind that the prime purpose of theatre has always been and always will be a sincere encounter with ones fellow human being. In this production the audience are invited to use their smart gadgets as cutting-edge augmented reality toys enabling them only to see the despair of a new race of people emerging from the world filled with misery on a horizon of our blithe, self-obsessed, mediated world – a race called refugees.
As in the original myth Oedipus starts his journey as a king and arrives back at his point of departure as a refugee. But, aren’t they both, following some higher logic informed by our transient nature, one and the same? Oedipus’ curse lies in the fact that he has to solve this same riddle all over again. At the location where some famous queens and kings of old were born, lived and died (remains of Royal Placentia Palace), Studio for Electronic Theatre takes you on an exciting journey with the king who has, for centuries, been an icon of our limitless limitedness – a journey which might prove to be both painful and yet very cathartic for each of us.
Studio for Electronic Theatre is a joint initiative of the University of Greenwich (UK); tg Cactusbloem, Antwerp (Belgium); Magadatt, Amsterdam (NL); and PVC-T, Novi Sad (Serbia)